Town-centre improvement plans to be unveiled to the public

HUCKNALL residents are being given the opportunity to see the latest proposals for the long-awaited inner bypass as part of a masterplan to improve the town centre.

Notts County Council will set up a stall on the town’s High Street near the post office to display the revised plans.

As well as allowing residents to see the plans for the first time, officers from the council will be on hand to answer question and discuss the proposals.

“A fresh planning application for this project is to be submitted later this year,” said Coun Richard Jackson (Con), chairman of the county council’s transport and highways committee.

“This event will update local residents and traders on the scheme and also notify them of recent changes to the design.”

The £12m scheme is aimed at easing traffic congestion and revitalising the town centre.

There have been slight alterations made to the original plans for the scheme, including a realignment of the Station Road/Ashgate Road junction and an improved walkway from the town’s tram stop and railway station, as reported in last week’s Dispatch.

The government is to contribute £8m to the scheme. There will also be a £1.35m contribution from Ashfield District Council with the remainder coming from the county council, which will carry out the scheme.

The roadshow will take place on Thursday, Friday and Saturday next week (September 6-8, 10.30 am to 4 pm each day).

It was back in 2007 that these improvement plans were first mooted to the public in the hope that work would begin in summer 2011 and be completed in 2012.

Yet because of the prolonged consultation period and changes to the original plans, the date for starting the work is now September 2014 with an estimated completion date of May 2016 when the roads are expected to be reopened.